Motel Beds, Connections, and The Kyle Sowashes will embark on a caravan to Dayton’s Canal St. Tavern and Columbus’ Café Bourbon St. this weekend. The lineup could very well be one of the best of the year, so do make it out to a show if you’re in the area.
Here is a link to the PopMatters video premiere of Motel Beds’ “Smoke Your Homework” via Dumb Gold (November, 2012). Both Connections and The Kyle Sowashes have recent records on the long-loved Columbus imprint Anyway Records (GBV, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, etc).
While Motel Beds are the only current Dayton natives, all three bands have ties to the Gem City. Kyle Sowash grew up in Englewood and Connections brothers Kevin Elliot (84 Nash) and Adam Elliot (Times New Viking) hail from Troy, Ohio. Here is an interview with Connections guitarist Andy Hampel in this week’s Dayton City Paper.
Motel Beds, Connections, The Kyle Sowashes
Friday, February 8 • Canal St. Tavern • Dayton, OH
Saturday, February 9 • Café Bourbon St. • Columbus, OH
Back in August we premiered the first video from Columbus ex-pat and Anyway Records alum Jenny Mae. The song was called “Ho Bitch,” off the album Don’t Wait Up for Me. (The track is far more lovely than the title implies.)
As mentioned previously, Mae played one of her first sets in ages over the weekend at Anyway Records’ 20th Anniversary show at Ace of Cups, and Surly Shirley was kind enough to capture some video of her performing “Ho Bitch,” ably backed by the Woosley Band. Enjoy.
And here’s that original video again:
Now that we’re all done boo-hooing over the shocking announcement that Donewaiting.com is ceasing digital production in February, let’s get to matters at hand – the Anyway Records 20th Anniversary show taking place Friday and Saturday night at Ace of Cups. We’ve covered our bases posting the lineups for these two shows but I thought I’d share this photo, a cover of the December ’93 issue (“The Final Issue?”) of The Columbus Edge, featuring two of Friday night’s performers – The New Bomb Turks and Ron House of Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.
I don’t think there’s that much to the story behind the cover. I’m pretty sure I pitched the idea of having The New Bomb Turks sit on a mall Santa’s lap and either Tony Barnett or Jerry Dannemiller put their own twist on it – finding (renting?) a Santa suit, putting Ron House in it, and taking a photo of the Turks sitting on Ron’s lap in the Stache’s bathroom.
Perhaps you heard about this on the Facebooks already, but if not, you really need to see this lineup, going down at Ace of Cups 12/21 and 12/22.
9:00 – St. Lenox
9:30 – Winter Makes Sailors
10:00 – Obnox
10:30 – New Bomb Turks
11:30 – Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments
12:15 – NECROPOLIS – covering Gaunt
SATURDAY – KIDS SHOW: 6-8pm – Free
Chris Biester (from ADR)
SATURDAY – ADULTS:
8:00 – Belreve
8:45 – Jenny Mae
9:15 – Kyle Sowashes
10:00 – Moviola
10:45 – County Pharaohs
11:30 – Connections
12:30 – Greenhorn
Just in time for Christmas, Bela Koe-Krompecher issued the following note regarding Anyway Records 20th anniversary celebration:
In celebration of 20 years of debt-making Anyway will host a two nights of shows at Ace Of Cups, December 21-22. Bands playing include: The New Bomb Turks, Moviola, Kyle Sowashes, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Connections, Obnox, Necropolis (covering Gaunt), Greenhorn, Belreve, Jenny Mae, St. Lennox, Orchestraville, Winter Makes Sailors, County Pharaohs and more. Proceeds from the show will go to three charities (Peloton, Columbus Music Co-Op and NAMI Ohio). On Saturday, there will be a free kids show starting at 6 PM. Admission will be $7.
We’ll have much more information as the shows get closer, but clear your calendars now, this is one (two) not to be missed.
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What happened to my family?
How did I get unhappy?
Picked up a vinyl copy of Jenny Mae’s There’s a Bar Around the Corner at Elizabeth’s the other day, and it reminded me to revisit Don’t Wait Up for Me, and then Bela posted this video for track 4 from that album, “Ho Bitch” — “1st Jenny Mae video, 16 years later.” Synchronicity.
It’s an incredibly simple video that pairs quite well with this devastatingly beautiful song.
Here’s a brand new video for a brand new song from one of my hometown favorites, the Kyle Sowashes. It all starts with a cough/sneeze combo, which has painful consequences for Mr. Sowash’s tongue.
New LP Somebody, the Kyle Sowashes’ follow-up to Nobody, comes out on Anyway Records in May. The Columbus release show is May 5 at the Tree Bar with the Safeties (Cleveland), the Cabdrivers and Harlem Airshaft.
MP3: Bill Fox – Electrocution
Yep, that’s two Columbus Bill Fox shows in two months. If you missed the last one at Lost Weekend Records, you’ve got a chance at redemption Saturday night at the Treehouse (10pm, $5). He’ll be accompanied by Esther Caulfield Orchestra and Pale Rider aka Moviola’s Jerry Dannemiller, who described Fox in this way for our first Overlooked in Ohio feature:
The legend of reclusive Cleveland folkie Bill Fox luckily hasn’t quite eclipsed that of his music, first with The Mice (who GBV learned a move or two from), and later with his never-get-old solo records. A Believer piece contributed to the legend in 2007, and maybe as a result, he played his first hometown shows earlier this year after a decade of hiding under a rock. A Columbus show (one can dream) would likely be inhabited by a paltry crowd: some New Bomb Turks, Bela, Moviola, and a few other knowing stragglers, but would be great to see him on a stage again.
With the Shelter from the Smoke reissue, a resurgence of live performances and a Nada Surf cover of that MP3 up there (off the 1998 Anyway Records comp I Stayed Up All Night Listening to Records), 2010 is starting to feel like the year of the Fox.
MP3: Single #1 – Ghost Shirt
Lots going on in Ghost Shirt world. First off, the Columbus band has announced they’re going to release a new single every week for all of 2010, and you can find them hear at Donewaiting.com first, usually on Friday or Saturday. That’s the first single right up there, titled, appropriately, “Ghost Shirt.” Singer/bandleader/force to be reckoned with Branden Barnett stresses the word “singles,” too; these will be more than demos. About this first one, he says, “I have been listening to a tremendous amount of Television, Pulp and Low Era Bowie and I guess this is what came out.” Barnett also promises to collaborate with other musicians on these singles at least once a month — “to make this a Columbus thing more than just a Ghost Shirt thing.”
As if these dudes (and girl) weren’t busy enough, they’ve also got their first LP coming out, and Bela Koe-Krompecher is resurrecting Anyway Records (Gaunt, New Bomb Turks, The Whiles, Moviola, Greenhorn…) to release it digitally and on vinyl. (Bela says he also plans on working with some other Columbus bands in the somewhat near future…). Domestique is currently being mixed by DJ of St. Moses the Black. Look for that sometime this year. And remember to check Donewaiting.com each week for the next Ghost Shirt single.
(Photo courtesy Meghan Ralston/Photolosophys)